[SIGCIS-Members] BHC annual meeting CFP, deadline September 15th

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Tue Sep 3 06:40:08 PDT 2013

The theme of good/bad does not appeal to me as I am not sure if I have much
to say on that--I spent too many decades in business, I suppose.

When I joined IBM I spent the first two weeks in Endicott (1974) when it
was humming with IBMers all over the place.  I went back again a couple of
times in the mid-1970s but then not until 2011 to be interviewed for a PBC
video on the history of Endicott.  I spent three days there and was deeply
saddened.  I met with a lot of retired/laid off IBMers, and some of their
children (most adults), saw the buildings, the closed up IBM country club
(as an IBMer membership was $1/year), even the bar at the bottom of the
hill from the homestead (now closed), and grass growing in old parking
lots.  I had started to think and plan for my retirement from IBM before
going to Endicott but on that trip I firmed up my resolve to move on, which
I did effective 12/31/2012.  I was so depressed by the visit that I really
have no desire ever to go back to that lovely community, a town that is
still populated with very nice people, many of them beautifully educated
and instilled with the work ethic and values that had made this company,
and so many in that region, such economic powerhouses in their day.

On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM, Ceruzzi, Paul <CeruzziP at si.edu> wrote:

>  This is very tempting. In any event, I call your attention to a recent
> front page article (August 29, 2013, page one) in the Washington Post about
> IBM’s recent history, and the fate of its Endicott, New York shops.
> Speaking only for myself, I have to confess that I stopped following IBM
> after the Gerstner era, but obviously the company is still alive, healthy,
> and innovative. I visited Endicott, for the first time, a few years ago,
> and it was a deeply emotional experience to see all those empty buildings.
> ****
> This article is very provocative—I’ll leave it at that.****
> http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/maximizing-shareholder-value-the-goal-that-changed-corporate-america/2013/08/26/26e9ca8e-ed74-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html
> .****
> ** **
> Paul E. Ceruzzi****
> Chair, Division of Space History
> National Air & Space Museum
> MRC 311; PO Box 37012
> Washington, DC 20013-7012
> 202-633-2414
> <http://www.nasm.si.edu/staffDetail.cfm?staffID=24> ****
> ** **
> *From:* members-bounces at sigcis.org [mailto:members-bounces at sigcis.org] *On
> Behalf Of *Thomas Haigh
> *Sent:* Friday, August 30, 2013 4:14 PM
> *To:* members at sigcis.org
> *Subject:* [SIGCIS-Members] BHC annual meeting CFP, deadline September
> 15th****
> ** **
> Hello everyone,****
> Does anyone want to participate in a history of IT panel for the business
> history conference? This is the rare occasion when it takes place in Europe
> – specifically in Frankfurt. I’ve been away from business history for a few
> years as activity has grown so much within SHOT, but my thoughts have
> recently been returning to the area. Particularly as I prepared my keynote
> address for this year’s Association of Business Historians meeting. We
> organized a few SIGCIS sessions for earlier meetings, but nothing since
> 2008 or so.****
> There might be some scope to tie in with the conference theme, in
> exploring ways in which IT has contributed to perceptions of business as
> being good/bad. But most sessions at BHC don’t have much to do with the
> theme, so that is optional.****
> As always, all grad students whose work could plausibly be stretched into
> being a contribution to business history are encouraged to apply to the
> “Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History.” It’s a great
> opportunity, and the people involved have been willing to consider a broad
> range of social/cultural/labor history topics with a clear relation to
> business. So don’t think that you have to be a business school person to
> apply.****
> Best wishes,****
> Tom****
> *From:* Carol Lockman [mailto:clockman at Hagley.org]
> *Sent:* Friday, August 09, 2013 1:22 PM
> *To:* Carol Lockman
> *Subject:* Reminder: BHC annual meeting abstract deadline/September 15th**
> **
> ** **
> *Hi all:   Just a reminder!   The deadline this year for abstracts for
> the BHC annual meeting is September 15th…..Best for the few weeks left of
> summer!  C.*
> * *
> *Carol Ressler Lockman*
> *Business History Conference*
> *Hagley Center*
> * *
> * *
> * *
> * *
> *The Virtues and Vices of Business – a Historical Perspective*****
> * *
> *Business History Conference Annual Meeting*
> *Frankfurt am Main, Germany *
> *March 13-15, 2014*
> * *
> The organizers invite papers and session proposals that address both the
> micro and macro levels of the virtues and vices of business in historical
> perspective. In keeping with longstanding BHC policy submissions need not
> be directly related to the conference theme. The 2014 Program Committee
> consists of: Ed Balleisen, Duke University (chair); Chris McKenna,
> University of Oxford; Andrea Schneider, Society for Business History
> (Germany); Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School (BHC President), and
> Jan-Otmar Hesse, University of Bielefeld. ****
> ** **
> Is business good or bad, or both? Does business serve private or public
> interests, or both? A variety of theories from the social sciences furnish
> different answers to these questions and, by implication, different ideas
> about the role of the state in creating the good society. The 2014 BHC
> annual meeting aims to address these issues from a historical and empirical
> perspective by exploring the virtues and vices of business across societies
> from the early modern period to the present.****
> ** **
> Business firms – large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises
> and entrepreneurs – have been decisive in securing economic growth and
> development through the First, Second and Third Industrial Revolutions. By
> constantly innovating, imitating and competing, business has changed the
> lives of billions of people all over the world.  Firms have brought forward
> new products and services that enrich and improve our lives. The wider
> business community, including not just companies but also trade
> associations and informal networks, have fashioned solutions to numerous
> pressing social problems, whether concerning the environment, health and
> safety, discrimination, social isolation, or other aspects of modern life.
> One can similarly point to examples of business as a progressive force
> enabling minorities and poor people to shape better lives.****
> ** **
> Yet, four hundred years of business history are also replete with examples
> of abusive and dehumanizing business practices, against other firms,
> individuals, and entire peoples.  In some cases, as with plantation slavery
> and imperial expansion, the offending enterprises worked closely with state
> authorities.  In others, the actions of business entities prompted calls
> for aggressive state intervention to minimize or end the negative effects
> of business. The occurrence of business scandals amid extreme cases of
> financial crisis offers especially well known historical instances of this
> type.  But history offers an abundance of examples where business
> enterprises have generated serious externalities, yet nonetheless
> privatized profits while socializing risks borne by other stakeholders –
> and sometimes by shareholders as well. Around the industrialized world,
> business interests have also regularly interfered with politics, sometimes
> supporting non-democratic regimes, lobbying against the public interest and
> fighting organized labor.****
> ** **
> Should we view such episodes of corruption and abuses of economic power as
> regrettable costs that society must pay for increases in income and
> wealth?  Do these unseemly aspects of capitalism merely represent the
> unavoidable process of Schumpeterian creative destruction? Or should we
> rather understand them as the result of specific, and contingent,
> institutional frameworks, business networks, and systems of corporate
> governance that increase the likelihood and occurrence of business scandals
> and crisis? ****
> ** **
> Another set of questions involve the evolution of societal understandings
> about “the good and virtuous,” or “the bad and the vicious,” that we use to
> praise or condemn particular markets, firms, or business practices.   To
> what extent should we attribute the more abject failings of business, as
> judged from any particular social vantage point, to the decline of old and
> the rise of new social regimes that entail changes in discourse,
> narratives, cultural values, and norms?  How have societies tried to set
> moral boundaries to the domain of business – either by prohibiting some
> businesses and markets outright, or by proscribing commercial practices as
> beyond the ethical pale?  And how and why have those moral constraints on
> business activity changed over time?****
> ** **
> Must we endure the vices of business so that society may enjoy its
> virtues? Do they result from state intervention that disturbs the delicate
> balancing act of markets, or from too little regulation that allows private
> business actors to pursue their own interests regardless of the costs to
> society? Or should we abandon the dichotomy of state and market altogether
> and replace it with a more historically based view of markets as embedded
> in social and cultural relations? Even if one accepts the “embeddedness” of
> market relations, we continue to face complicated questions about how to
> strike the best balance between private and public interests.  How have
> societies attempted to strike this complex balance?  What business
> networks, systems of corporate governance, and cultural, political and
> social values have historically contributed to achieving this balance most
> constructively?****
> The committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels.
> Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (300 word) abstract
> and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover
> letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact
> person; one-page (300 word) abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a
> list of preferred panel chairs and commentators with contact information.
> Graduate students and recent PhDs (within 3 years of receipt of degree)
> whose papers are accepted for the meeting may apply for funds to partially
> defray their travel costs; information will be sent out once the program
> has been set. Everyone appearing on the program must register for the
> meeting. ****
> ** **
> The BHC annual meeting has been organized locally by the Gesellschaft für
> Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG, Society for Business History) and the GUG
> participates in the program committee. GUG members are encouraged to
> propose papers for this meeting. The language of the conference will be
> English. All sessions will take place at Goethe University in Frankfurt,
> and lodging will be in a number of area hotels.****
> ** **
> The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://www.thebhc.org/awards/krooswin.html&k=diZKtJPqj4jWksRIF4bjkw%3D%3D%0A&r=iEx95BOSDrL1SbShZgBAew%3D%3D%0A&m=mRUrBdJky2930RIxnD4I%2BIvaycQjcW9ckcKjO0zBAps%3D%0A&s=074973ef33bbf3779e9787ff2f8357de14f01706fc3a8ca57dd1a07b5a449d2d>
> for the best dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in
> history, economics, business administration, the history of science and
> technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. To be
> eligible, dissertations must be completed in the three calendar years
> immediately prior to the 2014 annual meeting, and may only be submitted
> once for the Krooss prize. If you wish to apply for this prize, please send
> a letter to the Krooss Prize Committee expressing your interest along with
> a one-page CV and one-page (300 word) dissertation abstract. After the
> Krooss committee has reviewed the proposals, it will ask semi-finalists to
> submit copies of their dissertations. Finalists will present summaries of
> their dissertations at a plenary session of the 2014 BHC annual meeting in
> Frankfurt and will receive a partial subsidy of their travel costs to the
> meeting.****
> ** **
> The K. Austin Kerr Prize<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://www.thebhc.org/awards/kerr.html&k=diZKtJPqj4jWksRIF4bjkw%3D%3D%0A&r=iEx95BOSDrL1SbShZgBAew%3D%3D%0A&m=mRUrBdJky2930RIxnD4I%2BIvaycQjcW9ckcKjO0zBAps%3D%0A&s=cdb03601a57d2b90944b5ab6f01b926d18c4af57c3dfdb50ab97395b41cdd100> is
> awarded for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual
> meeting of the BHC.  A “new scholar” is defined as a doctoral candidate or
> a Ph. D. whose degree is less than three years old. If you wish to
> participate in this competition, please notify the BHC program committee in
> your proposal. Proposals accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for
> the Kerr Prize. ****
> The CEBC-Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://www.thebhc.org/awards/halloran.html&k=diZKtJPqj4jWksRIF4bjkw%3D%3D%0A&r=iEx95BOSDrL1SbShZgBAew%3D%3D%0A&m=mRUrBdJky2930RIxnD4I%2BIvaycQjcW9ckcKjO0zBAps%3D%0A&s=c1e1951e738cb6391f897fadb0d3dafb9c30d9f9e933e993ec80118e2c0f14ff>is awarded for a paper presented at the annual meeting of the BHC that
> makes a significant contribution to the history of corporate
> responsibility. Corporate responsibility is understood to embrace the many
> ways in which the firm relates to the political realm and the wider society.
> ****
> The deadline for receipt of all proposals (papers, panels, and Krooss
> Prize competition) is 15 September 2013. Please send them to
> BHC2014 at Hagley.org. Acceptance letters will be sent by 1 December 2013.* *Presenters
> are expected to submit abstracts of their papers for posting on the BHC
> website. In addition, presenters are encouraged to post electronic versions
> of their papers prior to the meeting.**
> The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held
> in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop,
> sponsored by BHC and funded by the Journals Division of Oxford University
> Press, will take place in Frankfurt Wednesday March 12 and Thursday March
> 13. The colloquium is limited to ten students.  Participants work
> intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars that
> includes at least two BHC officers. The colloquium will discuss
> dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and
> employment opportunities in business history. This colloquium is intended
> for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects.
> If you are interested in being considered for this colloquium, please
> submit to Roger Horowitz by 15 November 2013 to BHC2014 at Hagley.org a
> statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus
> of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor
> (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent
> to its director, Pamela Laird, Pamela.Laird at ucdenver.edu. All
> participants receive a stipend that will partially cover the costs of their
> attendance at the annual meeting. The colloquium committee will notify all
> applicants of its decisions by 15 December 2013.****
> ** **
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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
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